Morning Reading List, 09.15.08


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Journo birthdays today: Alana Russo, David Folkenflik, Ashley Parker, Don Irvine. Tomorrow: Sara Goo. Elsewhere: Prince Harry is 24, Oliver Stone is 62, Hans-Gert Poettering is 63 and, 45 years ago today, four black girls were killed in a bombing at a Baptist church in Birmingham, Alabama. You think McCain had a better week last week than Obama. The WaPo reviews Bob Woodward’s book with nary a scratch. Check out Twitter updates from last week’s Online News Association in Washington, D.C. Mike Allen’s Playbook…now in video! Mo Rocca tell us, “How to talk about Sarah Palin without Killing each other!” Tony Snow’s last briefing was a year ago last Friday. C-SPAN Radio turned 11 last week and The Hotline is now officially old enough to drink. Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “Any reporter who calls another newspaper for the phone number of a principal is lazy and an idiot — duh!!!”

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  • This week’s classes include Breaking into Freelancing, Boot Camp for Journalists and Boot Camp for Print and Online Magazine Editors.


  • Washington City Paper explores, “WaPo v. WaTi: Which Had the Right Spin on Palin Interview”

  • Deborah Howell says: “Campaigns and complaints heat up.”

  • Beet.TV reports, “Washington Post Grabs Syndication of Citizen Journalism Politics Series”

  • Playbook reports, “POOL REPORT — Ten members of the Board of Directors of the Washington Post Company huddled for a three-hour private dinner at the Oval Room, across from the White House, with Bob Woodward and his wife, Elsa Walsh. Topic A was Woodward’s new book, ‘The War Within: A Secret White House History 2006-2008.’ Emerging with FREE signed copies were billionaires Warren Buffett, Melinda Gates (co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), media mogul Barry Diller, Xerox Corp. chairman and CEO Anne M. Mulcahy, Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger, and Post Co. chairman and CEO Donald E. Graham. Said one participant, ‘I wish the off-the-record dinner could have been on C-SPAN because it was like a whole graduate course in war, President Bush, finance, truth-telling, leadership, the future and the 2008 presidential campaign.’ (Hat tip: Minor Wisdom)”

  • A tipster tells FishbowlDC that “several advertising account executives were let go” at the Washington Times recently “and now the food service providers for the cafeteria axed — to be replaced by God knows what…”

  • A release announced, “A New York Times series about deadly Chinese counterfeit drugs sold around the world and a TV4 Sweden investigation into Russian overfishing in the Barents Sea have won the first Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting. Formerly the ICIJ Award, the prize was renamed this year in honor of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who was slain by militants in Pakistan in 2002.”

  • Gawker asks, “Can We Stop With the ‘AP In the Tank For McCain’ Thing?”

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  • An ABC release announced, “‘World News with Charles Gibson’ which featured the first of Mr. Gibson’s three interviews with Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Gov. Sarah Palin, averaged 9.73 million Total Viewers and a 2.5/10 A25-54 rating/share according to Nielsen fast affiliate, time period data. World News outperformed ‘NBC Nightly News’ by 2.22 million Total Viewers and ‘CBS Evening News’ by 3.57 million Total Viewers.”

  • A release announced, “On Sunday September 28, ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ will hold a live town-hall meeting with Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain (R-AZ), just 37 days before the election. The broadcast will take place in Columbus, OH and will be moderated by ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos. Invitations for the presidential candidates have been outstanding since May 4, when ‘This Week’ hosted its first town-hall meeting with Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY). The Obama campaign is still considering the request.”

  • Variety reports, “High-def TV brings high anxiety — Transition election’s looks can be deceiving”

  • A release announced, “FOX News Channel (FNC) will present a special interview with Republican Vice Presidential nominee Governor Sarah Palin. The interview will be conducted by FNC’s Sean Hannity and will be presented on Hannity & Colmes in two parts on Tuesday, September 16th and Wednesday, September 17th at 9PM ET. This is Palin’s first cable news interview.”

  • Steve Coll comments in The New Yorker on Sarah Palin’s interviews with ABC’s Charles Gibson.

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  • will be running exclusive excerpts from Pulitzer Prize-winning Post reporter Barton Gellman’s new book “Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency” on Sunday and Monday. Excerpts can be found here.

  • Marc Ambinder offers “a few theories” as to “why are some voters inured to charges of deceit?” and “How do mendacious politicos get away with it?”

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  • A release announced, “Renowned photographer Patrick McMullan and new media company Hot Phone Hit Factory announced the launch of PMc, a luxury fashion magazine available exclusively to iPhone users. The first of its kind, PMc Magazine offers iPhone users exclusive art, entertainment and fashion content, featuring photography by Patrick McMullan and articles by guest writers including The Nanny Diaries co-author Nicola Kraus and novelist Molly Jong-Fast. Michael Merriam will serve as Editor-in-Chief.”

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  • Matthew Yglesias writes, “…the big question isn’t about whether the press writes some good individual stories. The big question is about whether the press creates a narrative. John McCain keeps saying things that aren’t true. So does his running mate. So do his campaign ads. So do his surrogates on television. When does that become a narrative? When do we get stories about how the McCain campaign has been ‘dogged by questions about its honesty?'”

  • The Daniel Pearl World Music Days, inspired by the life of journalist and musician Daniel Pearl, will be held from October 1-31. “ICFJ has had a partnership with the Daniel Pearl Foundation since 2006. Each year we select two top journalists to participate in the International Journalism Exchange in Danny’s honor. These inspiring journalists have come from Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Syria and United Arab Emirates — countries where Danny worked. This year both fellows come from Pakistan. In addition to the newspaper exchange program, Daniel Pearl IJE fellows spend time visiting Jewish publications in an effort to promote cross-cultural understanding and communications. … Another annual project of the Daniel Pearl Foundation is the Music Days. This event uses music to spread friendship and respect among people of all cultures. Last year over 500 concerts in 42 countries participated. … Please support the Daniel Pearl World Music Days by contacting musicians and music venues in your country and asking them to add a dedication to their next performance and register the event on”

  • Media Future Now’s September meeting date and location have been changed to Wednesday September 24, 12:15pm to 1:45pm at the New America Foundation, 1630 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 7th Floor conference room. To RSVP email, or on Facebook, search for “Media Future Now” under Groups.

  • Applications for the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress, the Clifford K. and James T. Berryman Award for Editorial Cartoons and the Excellence in Online Journalism Award are all due Friday, October 3. Awards will be presented at the Annual Awards Dinner on February 10, 2009.

  • The Volante Online reports, “The 2008 Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media has been awarded to Charles Overby, the Chief Executive Officer of the world’s largest museum dedicated to news. Overby, who helped start The Newseum, is the 21st individual honored by the university and the Freedom Forum since the Neuharth Award program began in 1989. The award is named for USA TODAY and Freedom Forum founder Al Neuharth, a South Dakota native and 1950 graduate of USD.”

  • A release on Romenesko announced, “The top ten finalists competing for the $50,000 Prize for Preventive Journalism were announced today by Understanding Government, the Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization dedicated to better government through better reporting.” Among the finalists are Atlantic Monthly’s Gregg Easterbrook, Washington Post’s Debbie Cenziper, Sarah Cohen, Dana Priest and Amy Goldstein, TIME Magazine’s Michael Grunwald and Government Executive’s Allan Holmes.

  • “FOTOWEEK DC promises to establish itself as the nation’s premiere photography festival. To highlight and recognize the most talented photographers in the area, FOTOWEEK DC is calling for submission of your very best work in all aspects of photography!”

  • Freelance writer Lori Hall Steele is a single mother battling ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and is in debt for over $50,000.00 worth of medical bills and the bank is threatening to foreclose on her mortgage. Help Lori by visiting and encourage people to donate to help Lori and her son. Also check out the Facebook Group and read her essay that appeared in the Washington Post in June.

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  • The Chronicle of Higher Education is looking for an Assistant Production Manager.

  • The National Geographic Society is looking for an Account Manager for International Licenses.

  • The PBN Company is looking for a Sr. Accountant.

  • The PBN Company is looking for an Executive Assistant/Office Manager.

  • Genocide Intervention Network (GI-NET) is looking for a Communications Director.

  • Friends of Choice in Urban Schools is looking for a Senior Media Advisor.

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    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext, Mic Check Radio, New York Times’ On This Day